Springboks

Boks move up in rankings

2012-03-05 16:45
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer (File)
Cape Town - The Springboks have moved up one position in the latest rankings released by the International Rugby Board (IRB) on Monday.

The Boks are now ranked third, with France shifting down one position after their 17-all Six Nations draw against Ireland in Paris on Sunday.

World champions New Zealand still top the rankings with 91.43 points, followed by Australia on 87.99. The Springboks have 84.34 points, with the French now narrowly behind on 84.20.

The only other movers on the list this week are the Irish, who edged past Argentina into seventh position on 80.30 points. The South Americans shifted down into eighth spot on 80.28.

Wales (82.62) and England (81.34) occupy fifth and sixth spot respectively.

Heyneke Meyer, who was appointed as the new Bok coach in January, made it clear that the main aim for his side is to be the world's No 1 ranked team.

Past Springbok coaches were often guilty of not always picking the best available XV's for some matches. Often the term "looking at the bigger picture" (i.e. a World Cup) was given, which led to a slide in the rankings.

But Meyer clearly has other ideas.

“The World Cup is very important, but you cannot build at Springbok level. The building has to be done at Super Rugby, Currie Cup and the lower levels. Every single game the Springboks play is extremely important, and the mission is to win every game we play. I believe we have to choose the best available team to win every game. I want to see the Springboks back at No 1 in the world, which is where we belong," Meyer was quoted as saying after being appointed Bok coach.

And Meyer will get his first chance at hunting the No 1 spot when South Africa take on England in a three-Test series starting on June 9 in Durban.

IRB world rankings (top 10):

1 New Zealand (91.43)
2 Australia (87.99)
3 South Africa (84.34)
4 France (84.20)
5 Wales (82.62)
6 England (81.34)
7 Ireland (80.30)
8 Argentina (80.28)
9 Tonga (76.63)
10 Samoa (75.81)

Read more on:    springboks  |  heyneke meyer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
52 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

South African woman learns to surf at aged 70

Anthea Petzer just wants to learn how to stand on her yellow Australian surfboard and carve up the waves.

 
 

Outdoor

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
Fixtures
11 June 2016
South Africa v Ireland, Cape Town 17:00
18 June 2016
South Africa v Ireland, Johannesburg 17:00
25 June 2016
South Africa v Ireland, PE 17:00
20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina, Nelspruit 17:00
27 August 2016
Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
10 September 2016
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00
17 September 2016
New Zealand v South Africa, Addington, Christchurch 00:00
01 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Pretoria 17:00
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

The appointment of Allister Coetzee as the new Springboks coach is ...

 
 
/News
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.